EnAble Arts is an Arts and Disabilities Network established by Arts North West in response to direct requests for support and feedback from the community. EnAble Arts is a network of individuals and organizations who can plan and implement a sustainable and supportive platform for arts and disability in the New England North West region of New South Wales.
Heading West is a region-to-region response to arts and disability development in regional NSW. It partners the successes of the North Coast 'Creating Connections' program with the emerging New England North West 'Enable Arts' program. The project is a two year strategic partnership between Arts Northern Rivers, Arts North West, and Accessible Arts that supports the professional coordination between, and development of, arts + disability projects and their stakeholders in North Western NSW. The program and its creative outcomes are built on the shared commitment of our communities to foster inclusivity and accessible creative opportunities for regional NSW.
Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across NSW. It promotes and provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in arts and cultural activities either as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists.
Putting The Pieces Together is a hands-on community art project fostering a strong and inclusive arts and cultural landscape in the New England North West. Visit the Putting The Pieces Together page for more information.
By registering as a member of the EnAble Arts network, organisations and individuals will be part of a network that will build creative opportunities and information flow between those working in arts and disability in the New England North West.
Register to be a part of the EnAble Arts network by completing the EnAble Arts Information Form and return to email@example.com
ANW Annual Disability Action Plan is informed by Arts North West Disability Action Policy which was ratified by the Board in March 2016. This DAP was developed in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, including Accessible Arts NSW, key arts and cultural organisations involved in the New England North West arts and disability sectors, and contractors with legislative and technical expertise. The consultation identified remaining access barriers and explored current trends and best practice in the area of disability and access.
The Action Plan aims to inform the public as to how we are approaching diversity and inclusion in the New England North West arts and disability sector and will be reviewed annually.
Delineate is offering a small arts grant program, which aims to support disability-led projects that build capacity, leadership skills, and artistic networks for artists with disability as well as create cultural change. Delineate applicants can apply from anywhere in NSW, a total of 6 grants will be offered.
There were many great insights from these meetings but the most important one was an ongoing commitment from ANR to work with ANW next year as a part of Heading West on an exchange residency project with the idea of a musician with disability visiting our region from the North West to undertake a residency and mentorship with Tralalablip and then a musician with disability from the North Coast travelling to the North West as a part of a music showcase project that they already undertake as a part of the Tamworth music festival.
2015 has been a successful first year for the Heading West Project. The strategic partnership with Accessible Arts, NSW peak body for arts and disability has allowed us to deliver a suite of professional and networking opportunities for the New England North West Arts and Disability Sector. These opportunities have included two regional arts and disability forums in Armidale and Gunnedah, arts and disability awareness training and disability action plan workshops for key organisations within our region, project funding for organisations through Accessible Arts Artist Run Initiatives and the development of projects ideas for 2
In response to a great number of enquiries from individual artists requesting insurance coverage, Regional Arts NSW has partnered with Artsure by Finsura to develop an insurance package tailored to insure the risks of individual artists who are not covered by our group insurance policies for Regional Arts NSW affiliated members.
Approximately fifteen people attended the forum that was held in Gunnedah on Tuesday, 26 October, 2015. At this forum we followed a slightly different agenda than the usual community forums that Accessible Arts usually facilitates in regional centres. Gunnedah is a smaller community hence we had a smaller group and we thought it was important to manage this forum more like a round table discussion to foster inclusivity within the group. As a half day forum we were much more focused on discussion and outcomes of ways to move forward in the region rather than having presentations and videos etc.
A common theme from the groups was the importance of having an annual community forum in the North West as a way of networking, project updates, sharing information about latest technologies and as an ongoing conversation into issues around Disability Awareness. All of the participants requested to be sent some Disability Action Plan samples from other arts organisations to assist them in the development of their own plans.